The 5 Benefits of Balinese Massage You Need to Know About

How much do we know about Balinese massage, other than the fact that it originates from Bali? We all know Bali; the beautiful Indonesian island well known for its volcanic mountains, rice paddies, beaches, tourist attractions and lovely resort hotels.

Little do people know that Balinese massage is actually inspired by Ayurveda, a mix of traditional Indian medicine and Chinese acupressure. The Hindus believe in the positive effects of the massage, as it opens up energy channels, absorbing the positive energy and eradicating the negative.

The method includes acupressure, reflexology, stretching and essential oils, with an aim to relax the patron, stimulate the lymphatic system, blood flow and ‘qi’, or energy. There is a total relaxation of the body and mind with aromatic essences and incenses triggering the body’s relaxation receptors.

As much as we love receiving a massage, how many times have we pondered on what sort of benefits it gives us? Look no further, for here, we give you the 5 biggest benefits of receiving a Balinese massage.

  1. It promotes activation of blood circulation in your body.

Poor blood circulation brings us a myriad of health discomforts like fluid retention in our appendages. The trained masseuse focuses on areas of congestion and applies acupressure on these areas, moving the blood through the congested areas, allowing new blood to flow in once the pressure has been released. This action results in lowered blood pressure and overall improves bodily functions.

  1. It makes for better lymphatic system functions and natural drainage.

When lymph fluids do not drain well, lactic acid accumulates in the muscles and causes us to feel fatigue and bodily aches.

The masseuse squeezes and pulls the skin, and this action flushes lactic acid from the muscles. Lymph fluid starts to circulate, removing metabolic waste from the muscles and internal organs. With an effective lymphatic system, the muscles relax easier, helping us to feel more energized.

  1. It helps to combat muscle and joint pain, improving mobility and muscle tone.

We have all been through a phase of working out extraneously and suffering from sore muscles the next day, or not working out at all and experiencing stiff joints when getting out of bed or from prolonged sitting.

Balinese massages include stretching movements, which improves blood circulation and increases blood flow. This extra blood flowing in our body warms us and eases the pains, tightness, soreness and stiffness in our joints and muscles, resulting in better mobility. Researchers also believe that Balinese massages trigger a release of natural painkillers called Opioids, in the brain, blocking our pain receptors, making for an effective alternative to conventional pain medicine for persistent body aches.

The stretching motion also creates a mild stretch reflex, and over time this could create better muscle tone.

  1. It helps in alleviating allergies and other respiratory problems.

Some people suffer from common allergies caused by multiple factors, like changes in climate, dust, or pollen. Sneezing, coughing and asthma are common symptoms of allergies.

The masseuse targets the acupressure points on the face, warming the muscles. When this happens, the lymph nodes are stimulated to open and improves circulatory and lymphatic flow, ergo improving the respiratory system.

  1. And finally, it calms you and weakens states of anxiety and/or depression.

With the improved circulation of blood throughout the body and draining of lymph fluid, we feel more relaxed post massage.

The massage increases the flow of oxytocin, our “happy” hormone. Given that we are now relaxed, calm and content, our stress and tension melting away, we now find the ability to sleep better. Consequently, this helps to improve our concentration and memory power, avoiding the stress and tension that brings with it headaches and migraines.

So with these big 5 benefits of a Balinese massage, you now know how to identify spas that provide authentic Balinese massages. Relax away!

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Bali or Thai? Differences in Massage Techniques

Have you ever stepped into a spa and felt confused by the myriad of massage options they present to you? Which one is most suited for your needs and what are the differences? Maybe you’ve been to the beautiful island of Bali, Indonesia, and received a Balinese massage; then another time you’ve been to Thailand and received a Thai massage. Did they both feel the same, or did you notice the differences?

The massage industry is highly competitive and therapists and masseuses see a need to arm themselves with knowledge of different massage techniques to cater to the variety of patrons that walk into their businesses. Every massage technique has an objective and a focus area; there are massages that promote relaxation, health, recovery and even weight loss. Which exactly do you need and how do you know if your masseuse is not just trying to pull a fast one on you? We help you by providing the differences between two of the most popular massages – the Balinese and the Thai massage.

Balinese Massage Thai Massage
Origins Originates from the Indonesian island of Bali, with its roots in Ayurvedic, which includes traditional Indian medicine and Chinese acupressure techniques. Originates from Thailand, and carries thousands of years of history, steeped in Buddhism, alike its originating country, Thailand.

Today, it is a combination of various healing traditions from all over the Thai kingdom, with variations observed from region to region across Thailand, without a single universal routine.

Technique used Techniques used include reflexology, gentle stretching, acupressure and aromatherapy to provide a deep and holistic massage. Techniques includes compressing, pulled, stretched and rocked, with a combination of deep static and rhythmic pressure.

The recipient can be guided into various yoga-like positions during the course of the massage.

Thai massages work on the premise of moving “lom” or “air” throughout the body. The therapist uses his/her legs and feet to help position the recipient.

The massage involves rhythmic pressing and stretching, and could possibly include stretching of the extremities (fingers and toes), ears, cracking knuckles and back.

Oils Aromatic essential oils are used to help the recipient fully relax. Thai massages do not utilize any oils or lotions.

The recipient dons loose and comfortable clothing during the massage.

Target areas This method massages the full body, and also relieves minor sports injuries. This method works the full body.
Objective Balinese massage techniques aim to provide the recipient with complete and deep relaxation, whilst stimulating vital energy and blood circulation in the body.

Generally aims to improve well-being of the recipient, bring the body back into balance and relieve stress.

Alike with Balinese massage, the Thai massage aims to help the recipient relax, provide relief to aching muscles, and promote a temporary boost to the recipient’s mood.

There are indeed many differences, subtle or obtuse, between Balinese and Thai massages, as there are many similarities, each its own deep and rich history in their origins and unique methods.

In general, all massages aim to promote well-being, relaxation and relief of sore muscles and joints. If you come across any therapist or masseuse that claims benefits far beyond massage can accomplish, do be aware and take their advice with a pinch of salt.

Our spa offers both authentic Thai and Balinese treatments. Have them separately or together in one combined session to get best of both worlds. Contact us today to book your appointment.

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Balinese vs Javanese – A Battle of the Massages

Singaporeans are reputed to be well-travelled, and each time we travel, we all have one common itinerary on our list – to find the perfect massage to soothe our tired bodies and rejuvenate our minds. There are tons of spas out there offering different types of massages, and every type boasts of ultimate relaxation and deep tissue massage. How do you really determine which is the right massage for you? We help you to differentiate two of the most popular massages, the Balinese and the Javanese massage.

Balinese Massage Javanese Massage
Origins Originates from the Indonesian island of Bali, with its roots in Ayurvedic, which includes traditional Indian medicine and Chinese acupressure techniques. Originates from the Indonesian province of Java.
Technique used Techniques used include reflexology, gentle stretching, acupressure and aromatherapy to provide a deep and holistic massage. Techniques used primarily involve the whole hand, including the knuckles. Deep thumb pressure is used commonly in this method.

Can be considered a rougher massage technique.

Oils Aromatic essential oils are used to help the recipient fully relax. Herbal oils are used to enhance massage therapy.
Herbal oils are used to enhance massage therapy. This method massages the full body, and also relieves minor sports injuries. This method is primarily used for relieving muscle and joint pain commonly found in the legs.

Javanese massage is also popular with women who are looking to lose weight and relieve fluid retention after giving birth.

Objective Balinese massage techniques aim to provide the recipient with complete and deep relaxation, whilst stimulating vital energy and blood circulation in the body.

Generally aims to improve well-being of the recipient, bring the body back into balance and relieve stress.

Javanese massage techniques are more focused on specific areas, aiming to provide relief from pain associated in the muscles and joints.

Aside, it also focuses on draining the lymphatic system to relief fluid retention and weight loss.

Can be quite painful as it to loosen the problem joints.

Target patrons General public, including patrons who are looking to relieve strained muscles/joints.

Also suitable for patrons who are feeling tension and stressed, and need to relax and improve their general well-being.

More suited for patrons with specific muscle or joint pains, or for women who are looking to relieve fluid retention and lose weight after giving birth.

With the differences listed out between the Balinese and the Javanese massage, I am sure it will be much simpler the next time you walk into a spa and face the multiple choices that are presented to you in the massage menu.

In general, both Balinese and Javanese massage aim to provide relief of some sort for the recipient, with the former focusing more on relaxation and promotion of well-being. Whilst the latter focuses on kneading out the kinks you may have accumulated in your joints and muscles (and of course for the women who are looking to regain their pre-birth weight!). Therapists do commonly use a combination of Balinese and Javanese techniques on the patrons, depending on their needs. If you feel a need to loosen a stiff shoulder muscle, don’t hesitate to let your therapist know.

Regardless of the type of massage you choose, be sure to understand the objectives and techniques involved, or you may be in for a painful time! Visit sri-bayu.com to see more of their available services that will help you relax.

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